Tagged Fall

Following the seasons

garden 9:13I have always found it interesting how our bodies react to the world around us, ebbing and flowing, influenced by light, temperature and humidity.  We are a world unto ourselves; the same rules apply as to the world around us.  Makes me wonder about the adage “We were created in the image of the creator”.  Hmmmmm….

This time of year as the sun begins it journey towards its winter placement in the lowest part of the sky, I can feel the energy from it lessening as do the plants around me.  The beginning of Autumn sparks this time and reminds us to conserve, to pull in and to allow ourselves to rest & recoup.  And it works so well here in northern New England; the temperature and weather eventually forces this upon us.

When I lived on the other coast to the left of here it was an entirely different story.  I have had conversations with many folks over the years who hailed from there and settled here; the story is always the same.  The temperate climate and continual light stimulated; our bodies rarely wanted to slow down.

Could it be that the physical climate is an influencing factor for the go-go social climate of the urban west coast?  And is this go-go climate of additive adrenaline surges creating unrealistic expectations?  The more we do, the more we want to do so then we try to extend the work day with artificial “day light”?  The recent studies about how the “day light colored” computers screens are keeping us awake at night seem to validate this hypothesis.

It is hard for most of us to fit it ALL in during a single day.  My life is so easy compared to others with many more obligations.  However, each year I like to let this Autumn equinox serve as a re-set in my thinking to shorten my list as the day light is shortening and put to rest some of my striving in the same way my garden does, going to rest following the season.

Happy autumn everyone!

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Harbingers

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This sweet little leaf was picked up on my road, a harbinger, for sure, of the ne’er too soon onslaught of vivid botanical color and the excitement that comes along with it in Autumn.  I can hardly wait.

The reds, oranges and golds of fall are all the long wave-length colors so they literally touch us more profoundly, bouncing up against us to stimulate excitement.  In Candace B. Pert’s book “Molecules of Emotion” she describes this chain reaction, bio-chemical process…we can either go along for the ride or close our eyes.

I personally love the ride!  The season makes me feel enlivened and purposeful so I have prepared myself to take advantage of the inspiration it brings.  The studio is tidy, paint tubes are full and the fabric is ready…let’s see what comes out.

Autumn in New Hamphsire cropped “Autumn in New Hampshire”.  Painted whole cloth quilt, painted and fused leaf applique, hand appliqued stonework. © Jane Balshaw 2007